There is a rather pervasive attitude in the organization that you are never doing enough. They set impossibly high standards and requirements so you are constantly falling short and are forced to be humbled. Everyone falls short and that props up the idea that no matter what you do for the organization, you can always give more. Continue reading “A Narrow View of Success”
We all know that the vast majority of JW faithful find certain aspects of their service to be completely unbearable, whether they would admit it or not. Because of this, certain coping mechanisms have developed over the years and have really become unwritten social norms for many. It is how they reconcile their guilt with their own distaste for what is asked of them. What I find fascinating is that the GB in recent years has done everything in its power to stamp out those coping mechanisms so non uber-zealous among JWs are either forced to become inactive or apply a veneer of activity. Continue reading “Removing all Coping Mechanisms”
One of the defining qualities of a cult is the diminishing of everything else of value in your life other than the cult itself. Things that the rest of the world view as success, like finding a fulfilling career or being a genuinely good person, are minimized. Normal human emotions are twisted until you feel guilty about something as small has having a political thought, not taking every opportunity to witness, or not reading the daily text every day. Continue reading “Service Time as Social Currency”
The organization is changing rapidly and while some people, even with the org itself, like to claim it has always been evolving, this is different. New light is coming at an incredible pace. Technology, once the boogyman, is now an pushed down everyones throats. The Watchtower has been completely rebranded into JW.ORG. Gone of the days of attempting to get into deep scholarly debates withe bible students. Simplicity is now the goal. Nearly every trace of the old faith has been reworked or retooled.
Like many of you here, I thoroughly enjoy reading and discussing the various factors that are leading to the organizations demise. From anecdotes and deep personal experiences to the ARC and official JW.BORG statistics, I often marvel that an organization that seemed so robust a few decades ago is so rapidly declining. Yet, I think it sometimes valuable to take a step back and discuss some of the wider national and global current that have a massive impact on Watchtower and organized religion as a whole. One area that fascinates me immensely is how the wider economic system affects the organization and contributes or hampers its growth. Continue reading “A Broader View of Watchtower’s Decline”
I recently attended all three days of the 2016 Loyalty RC. I’ve enjoyed reading several reviews and opinions and have been debating whether to add to the discussion. Now that a few days have passed and I have had more time to process and think about it, I want to share with this forum some of the things I noticed and have been weighing on my mind. Continue reading “The 2016 Regional Convention is unlike any other…”